Uniforms

Personnel identification is subject to Federal Identity Program corporate identity requirements, which includes insignia, badges, name tags, identification cards and hard hats under the 1990 Federal Identity Program Policy. In 1998, Treasury Board ministers clarified that all federal uniformed employees are to be clearly identified to the Canadian public with Federal Identity Program identifiers.

Overview of requirements for uniforms, protective and event-related clothing and personnel identification

1. Technical specifications

All Government of Canada uniforms and other clothing must comply with Federal Identity Program Policy requirements and be clearly identified with a signature and the Canada Wordmark. The requirements are found in the following technical specifications:

2. Responsibility

Deputy heads are accountable for implementing Treasury Board policies within their department. Heads of communications are responsible for the effective management of the Government of Canada's corporate identity in their department. This includes coordinating the use of the official symbols based on mandatory specifications in all fields of application.

3. Official symbols

The official symbols of the Government of Canada are used to identify government uniforms and clothing. Departments use only symbols that have been approved by the Treasury Board for uniforms and clothing. Departments that do not have an approved applied title use the Government of Canada signature until the required approvals have been received.

4. Other marks, symbols or graphic elements

The Federal Identity Program Policy prohibits departments from using logos without prior approval of Treasury Board ministers. This applies to all logos used to identify a department's programs, services, assets, products, and internal and external activities. Certain operational markings are permitted as described in technical specifications T-805 and T 810.

5. Official languages

General requirements for the order of official languages are detailed in T-125 - Official Languages in Signatures. Within the National Capital Region, signatures on the uniforms of employees that work regularly in both Quebec and Ontario may alternate the order of official languages on the flashes or badges on opposing shoulders.

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